“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
The entire bible is a book of Hope. There are two kinds of Hope you’d see the bible talk about. They include: The hope of the provision of salvation and the hope of the consummation of salvation.
Today, we begin by talking about the hope of the provision of salvation. Genesis, the very first book in the bible, begins with the fall of man. But immediately after man fell, we see in that same book God’s promise to provide salvation. As God reprimanded Adam and Eve for eating the forbidding fruit, he told the serpent:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;” (Gen 3:15 a).
The first woman, Eve, hoped for this seed so much so that when she gave birth to a son, her response was: “I have received a man from God.” It seemed like she thought Cain would be the one to bruise the head of the serpent. It turned out he was not.
You see, biologically, women do not have ‘seed’ necessary to conceive children; it is men who provide that. But the only ‘seed’ that could atone for the sins of mankind had to be sinless. Humanly speaking, it would have been impossible to get a ‘sinless seed’ because everyone born of the first man was a sinner. God had a plan, he would become flesh and be the sinless man who would take away the sins of the world.
The rest of the Old Testament was about the coming of this seed. Prophet after prophet prophesied about the Messiah who would provide salvation to the whole world. These prophecies went on for thousands of years and many died without seeing this hope fulfilled. But God was true to his word; Jesus arrived on the scene, fulfilling every prophecy written about the Messiah.
When Jesus came, the Hope of the provision of salvation was fulfilled. However, the other ‘Hope’ mentioned in the bible is the hope of the consummation of salvation. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The salvation Jesus died to give us will be consummated when He comes again. You see, we have hope that even if our bodies are asleep when he comes, we will resurrect to spend eternity with him. The entire New Testament is built around informing and preparing people for the hope. When you preach the gospel to people, don’t rob them of this all important fact: everyone who believes in Jesus will live forever with him. Also learn to live your life like your hope beyond this world, because it sure is!